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Day 11′s challenge is to stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing or trope. Try creating a different kind of fanwork. Or check out some types of fanworks that are new to you.

I’ve got a lot going on today, so [personal profile] juno_magic suggested I try Welcome to Night Vale. This is a stretch for me because I don’t usually do audio books.

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Day’s 9′s challenge is to rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn’t like (because they weren’t your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn’t be interested) but you ended up loving.

#1. Guy Gardner/Mary Marvel (DC Comics) fic series by duskdog717. This one is simply a pairing I had never even considered, because Guy Gardner and … Mary Marvel(??!). But this series is just really fantastic. It helps that Duskdog is Guy Gardner’s biggest fan, so she gives us a side of him that isn’t often portrayed. Even with their vastly different personalities, you believe that Mary could love him.

#2. I’ve never been interested in Twincest type fics, but I took the plunge into “Tencest” with Tenth Doctor/Metacrisis Doctor fics. And the Loved ‘Verse (Doctor Who) by fid_gin and unfolded73 is really, really good. It’s Ten/TenII/Rose and explores the uniqueness of a relationship where two of the people involved are essentially the same person.

#3. I’m not a fan of ‘serious’ zombies. Zombies as comedies I can do–I adore Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland. But I can’t stand The Walking Dead (I didn’t even make it through the first episode, turned it off halfway through with a headache from too much facepalming). So I’m not inclined to read anything with zombies. But during my devouring of Rumbelle fics this past summer I ran out of things to read and gave a zombie fic–There Was a Crooked Girl (Once Upon a Time) by marchionessofblackadder–a try and really enjoyed it. I was able to overlook my zombie issues because I really like the characters and the setting they are placed in.

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Day 8′s challenge is to create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are.

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Day 7′s challenge is to create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.

Title: The Book
Fandom: Once Upon a Time, Myst
Characters: Belle, Rumplestiltskin
Rating: General
Words: 300
Summary: Belle finds a strange book in the library.

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Day 6′s challenge is to share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life.

It’s hard to pick just one influence, being a Fancrone with forty-plus years of experience. But I think if I had to pick just one that had the biggest influence, it would be Douglas Adams.

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Day 5′s challenge is to talk about a creator.

The Bondar-Foehammer Aerosteam Company is the creator of my awesome Second Life airship, the Aer Viator.

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Day 4′s challenge is to comment to someone you haven’t ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you’ve interacted with and friend/follow them. Which got me to take the time to get caught up on A Bed of Thorns and leave a comment (I’d only left a kudo before). I think a good resolution for 2014 will be to comment more.

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Day 3′s challenge is to post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

#1. The first fic I have to rec is Juno’s Resilience of Hope, because this is the fic that really inspired me to write again. It’s a Kirk/Spock Star Trek fic, epic in length and still a WIP. Juno had invited her friends to contribute a self-insert secondary/background character to use in the fic. So I gave her Len Amell (borrowing elements of my Second Life persona) and insisted that I must be Scotty’s girlfriend (I’ve had a crush on Scotty for a very long time :-D ). But apparently Len wasn’t content to be a minor background character and I ended up writing a backstory of how she came to be on the Enterprise and now I’m writing a chapter-by-chapter tie-in to Juno’s story, from Len’s POV. It’s a very rich, detailed universe here, so it was easy to fit Len into it on my side. There are many other fantastic secondary characters in the story (it’s the treatment of secondary characters that really wins me over to a story) besides the development of the main characters. Plus, there are lots of awesome crossovers to other fandoms and many Easter Eggs. Hee!

#2. An Unexpected Victorian Holiday, by Kelkat9. This is a Doctor Who TenII/Rose (and Jackie) fic, where they discover the Doctor was over a century off when he dropped them back in Pete’s World. Really wonderful writing, awesome details of Victorian life, lots of fun to read (I’ve read it twice.) And there is a sequel, Propriety, Murder and Time Travel.

#3. A Bed of Thorns, by Nym. This is a Once Upon a Time Belle/Rumpelstiltskin fic. More wonderful writing, so much detail. Fabulous secondary characters (Wren!). It’s a very long story (currently at 112 chapters) but worth every word. Sadly I’ve fallen behind on reading, because writing Trek has taken over my brain, but this is the first story that’s going to get opened when I’m able to read fics again.

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Day 2′s challenge is to promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

#1. Archive of Our Own (AO3) has become my favorite place to read and post fics lately. It’s easy to use, has a good search filter, and a nice commenting/kudos system. I’m sure lots of people are reccing this, but I think it deserves lots of praise, they really have done a fantastic job.

#2. A Teaspoon and an Open Mind is a Doctor Who fic archive and my favorite place to find Who fic. Tons of great stories there across all eras, plus Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures.

#3. Second Life. It’s not just sex clubs and Gorean slaves. ;-) Second Life has lots of fandom-type stuff, in the form of roleplay and themed sims (sims are the base land areas in SL, and sims can be connected to form continents). I “live” on a Victorian steampunk-themed continent, and also hang out on a fantasy sim. You can find roleplay or themed sims based on settings like Tolkien, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lovecraft, etc., plus original settings in fantasy, sci-fi, historical, steampunk, urban fantasy, pirates, Old West, furry, vampires, etc. Second Life depends on creators: just about everything you see or can buy in SL was made by a fellow member, and SL allows you to create things easily inworld. I even built my house myself (a replica of the Torchwood House from the werewolf episode of Doctor Who :-D ). If anyone on my friends list wants to try out SL, leave a comment, PM me, or send an email, and we can arrange to meet inworld. I’ll give you a tour and help you find whatever you’re interested in!

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Day 1 is to rec three of your own works.

#1. Hope for Tomorrow (website|AO3) is my Star Trek fic, which is the backstory for a second story, Lower Decks (website|AO3). These are tie-ins to JunoMagic’s Kirk/Spock story, Resilience of Hope. The stories are Scotty/shameless Mary Sue self-insert OFC. Hope for Tomorrow is Len Amell’s backstory and Lower Decks is a chapter-by-chapter alternate POV to Juno’s story. I’m having so much fun writing this with Juno–it’s been way too long since I’ve been able to have fun with writing like this.

#2. Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts is a  drabble I wrote from the POV of Green Lantern Dkrtzy RRR (a sentient mathematical progression). The drabble is written in the form of a Fibonacci Sequence (first line is 1 word, second is 1 word, third is 3 words, fourth is 5 words, etc.). I love the “odd” GLs (Dkrtzy RRR, Leezle Pon, Mogo), and the added limitations on the drabble were a fun challenge.

#3. From Buckland With Love is the first short story I wrote for my Epic Hobbit Soap Opera. It features Ivy’s younger brother, Theo, in a sort of hobbit spy caper. I adore Theo, he quickly became one of my favorite characters, and this was a blast to write. This story never got much love, which disappointed me, so I’m reccing it.

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